Ron Klem


Mass of Christian Burial
11 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 29
St. John Catholic Church

Final Resting Place

Memphis Cemetery


St. John Church

Clark County Nursing Home

{Nov. 25, 1934 - Jan. 20, 2022}

On January 20, 2022, at the age of 87, Ronald J. Klem of Memphis went to join his son Chad and his parents Earl and Helen in heaven. After several years of declining health, Ron passed peacefully with his beloved wife Millie “Minner” at his side.

Ron was born in Rochester, New York on November 25, 1934, to father Earl “The Duke” Klem and mother Helen “Beanie” Klem. The oldest of six children, Ron formed his devotion to family and developed his work ethic at an early age. He helped his father with the family business starting at the age of 11 in 1945 and continued through 1952 in Rochester, New York. He then served his country as a Heavy Equipment Operator in the US Army. His service to this country was cut short because of a serious injury he suffered while serving in France.

After returning to the states, he went to work for SCM Corporation as a technician. A job he loved and never fretted having to go to work. After several mergers and acquisitions, Ron retired from 3M Corporation after a 30 year career due to some health issues he was experiencing.

Work wasn’t all Ron enjoyed. He met the love of his life Millie in 1962 on a blind date setup by his sister, Dianne. It must have been meant to be because that relationship resulted in a 58 year marriage that produced 4 boys who gave them 5 loving grandchildren. Family was everything to Ron. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his family. He often spoke fondly of the memories he had of his parents and siblings. These relationships and memories formed the foundation of who of who Ron was as both a husband and father.

He was a devoted husband and the perfect example to his sons. His work ethic and devotion to those he loved was always forefront in all his actions. A true role model that was not fully appreciated by his son’s until later in life. Now we all just want to live up to his example. You often hear about people who would give you the shirt off their backs. Ron was that person. He was selfless and always had time to help a friend. We love him deeply and miss our husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Ron loved watersports, including watersking and sailing with his brothers Bob, Dan and Pete, special hotdogs called pork-hots from Rochester, New York and a card game called Euchre were enjoyed by most of the family.

Ron was in the Clark County nursing home for the past 5 years and interacted with the staff. The loved teasing each other. There was that special relationship between Ron and the girls. We will miss Ron deeply, but we will remember him daily with fond memories.

He was preceded in death by his son, Chad, and his parents, Earl and Helen.

He is survived by his wife Millie; sons: Todd (Diana), Jeff and Garth (Jeannette); siblings: Dianne, Bob, Dan, Sue and Pete; grandchildren: Thomas, Timothy, Samantha, Danielle, and Jacob.

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  1. What a wonderful video display.
    So many pictures I never saw before.
    What an incredible life and family. I am honored to be his sister.

    Comment by Sue Sheffield on January 28, 2022 at 3:07 pm
  2. Ron was a great husband to my very good friend Millie.
    He was a good friend to all of us in our San Diego neighborhood. I remember some years ago in Missouri when me and Bill went to visit Millie and Ron for a short visit. We had a good time visiting with them.
    Take care Millie. Love and prayers to the entire family.

    Comment by Judy Tusch on January 28, 2022 at 6:51 pm
  3. Loved the video. Prayers to Ron’s family and friends.
    Enjoyed Ron and Mille’s friendship at our Happy Hour.
    Wish he could have enjoyed our get togethers longer.
    God Bless!

    Comment by Doris White on January 28, 2022 at 10:42 pm
  4. Millie, you have a beautiful family, I was very fond of Ron, he was a great guy, always so kind and friendly. You and Ron were lucky to meet, and build a life together with your dear children and grandchildren. My deepest sympathy to you and your family with prayers for your peace at this sad time.

    Comment by Bonita Kish on January 30, 2022 at 6:50 pm

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